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Can Holly be hard pruned?

Pruning Hollies
Many holly species can grow into small trees if their growth is not curbed. If hollies become overgrown and need to be drastically reduced in size, they are tolerant of being cut back severely. In fact, a mature holly can generally be cut to the ground and will regrow vigorously from its roots.

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Also to know is, how hard can you prune a holly tree?

Cut branches just above new leaf buds or all the way back to main branch. Don't remove lower limbs of English holly. Instead, allow them to branch to the ground. If holly bushes require some major rejuvenation, however, they can be cut to the ground; again, this should be done during winter dormancy.

how do you prune overgrown holly? Cut back one-third of the oldest and tallest stems of your holly tree to within 6 to 12 inches of the ground in early spring. Choose stems that are evenly spaced throughout the tree to prevent a lopsided look. Prune an additional one-third of the stems back the following spring.

In respect to this, when should holly trees be pruned?

For evergreen hollies, it's best to prune in early summer so that this new growth won't be damaged by cool temperatures. Don't be surprised if female hollies have fewer berries after being pruned because the process removes most of the summer flowers that develop into winter fruit.

Can you cut the top off a holly tree?

Holly Trees You can shape a holly tree to your tastes by pruning, and some people cut off some lower branches to expose more of the trunk. Be sure to make your cut right above a branch with some good, vigorous green growth on it, because this is your new "endpoint."

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